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expected to announce the nomination of counterterrorism adviser john brennan to head the cia. he was a rumored pick for the job when obama was first elected in 2008, but was forced to withdraw from consideration amidst protests over his role at the cia under the bush administration. brennan has publicly supported this tsa's policies of so- called enhanced interrogation techniques and extraordinary rendition. he was the first obama administration official to publicly confirm drone attacks overseas and to defend their legalities. war on expected nominations of chuck hagel and john brennan after the headlines. the obama administration reportedly is considering keeping a residual force between three and 9000 troops in afghanistan after the formal withdrawal date of 2014. the wall street journal cited the new figures after previous reports suggested the u.s. is mulling a troop deployment of up to 20,000. bahrain top court has upheld the convictions of 13 opposition leaders on allegations of plotting to overthrow the u.s.- backed regime. the activists were sentenced by military court i
to publicly as drones. >> president obama prepares to nominate john brennan to head the cia. that the assassination czar, brennan has played a key role backing some of the most controversial post 9-eleven policies from the secret drone war to extraordinary rendition to wireless surveillance. we will look it the nomination for republican senator chuck hagel, fellow republicans have criticized him for views on iraq, iran, and israel. then, the steubenville rape case in ohio. >> we are anonymous. around mid august 2012, a party to present a small town in ohio known as steubenville. [indiscernible] kidnapping and rape of a 15- year-old girl. >> the hacker activist group anonymous has helped expose new details about a horrific high school gang rape case involving football players in ohio. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. up to 18 people have been killed in the latest u.s. drone attacks on pakistan's tribal areas. the strikes hit what pakistani officials described as separate compounds belonging
relationship that we all know between john brennan and the president. does this really supplant and change that whole reorganized new structure, the bureaucracy that some have said didn't work anyway? >> right. as we all know or those of us that have lived in this know this relationship has always been a little bit touchy between the dni and the director of the cia first with leon panetta and then with david petraeus because of that relationship to the white house. i actually think this one will work pretty well. i think he will let john run the cia, and he will let john dive into some of these detailed intelligence questions. it can be a little bit hard when the director of the cia who reports has had relationships with the white house, but ultimately i think that relationship to the white house is so important to the president for having the cia i don't think there's any way around that, and i think both john and jim who know each other well have worked together a lot. that should be really quite a positive relationship. >> this is hillary clinton getting a joke gift. that is protective
settlements in the occupied west bank. the news agency reuters is reporting john brennan, the nominee for the head of the cia, had detailed knowledge of the agency's torture program while serving under president george w. bush. official records apparently show brennan received regular internal cia updates about the progress of torture techniques, including waterboarding. it is not clear if you raise any objections at the time he was made aware. attorneys for five alleged conspirators in the 9/11 attacks have asked a military judge to allow them to spend 48 hours at the guantanamo bay prison where their clients have been held. on the second day of a pre-trial hearing, navy commander walter reed says the conditions of the men should factor into whether there ultimately sentenced to death. >> in cases where we have asked to put people to death. when the government sets out to put people to death, our supreme court has said [indiscernible] one of our standards is to go in and look at their conditions of confinement, look at how they live. >> activists from across the country gathered at t
are chuck hagel for secretary of defense and white house counterterrorism adviser john brennan for the director of c.i.a. as the president put t they did not seem too travel. >> obama: chuck hagel's leadership would be historic. he would be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretaries who have been wounded in war and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. in john brennan, the men and women of the c.i.a. will have the leadership of one of our nation's most skilled not to mention the smarts and strength that he claims comes from growing newspaper new jersey. >> john: that seemed like a nice chris christie shout out for john brennan. chuck hagel, according to our republican friends include opposition to the iraq war search and wanting diplomacy to threats in iran. he mentioned the jewish lobby and hints, i'm quoting a jewish problem. here are how three gap leaders g.o.p. leaders describe the nominee. >> he's wrong on the national issues that face our country today. >> this is an in your face for those who support israel.
will be named. former senator chuck hagel for defense secretary and homeland security adviser john brennan for cia director. he has already picked senator john kerry as his nominee for secretary of state. president's choice, chuck hagel for defense secretary already coming under some fire. some republicans point to comments that hagel made back in 2007, that they perceive as anti-jewish. here is how south carolina lindsey graham described the decision to nominate hagel. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in-your-face term. >> want to bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. we no that the white house has been calling out, trying to reach senators and get some support for hagel here. we're also hearing from jim acosta, trying to push back on this idea that he's anti-israel, that comments on the jewish lobby were po
is concerned. a senate intelligence committee hearing for john brennan to be the cia director, foreign relations committee will deal with john kerry as the next secretary of state. those guys up -- and gals up on the hill will be busy. what does it look like now? we're already starting to get reaction in to chuck hagel and john brennan. >> reporter: that's right. carl levin, the chairman of the senate armed services committee, he came out with a statement saying that he does support the nomination of chuck hagel, dianne feinstein also came out with a statement saying she's in support of chuck hagel. we're seeing some democrats coming out of the wood work here to offer up their defense for this nomination for second of defense. but, wolf, i just had a few moments to talk with dan coats, the seminar from indiana, republican who had served here on capitol hill for a long time, took some time off and came back to the senate just recently, and he once was nominated or not noom natured but in the running for secretary of defense, that went to donald rumsfeld. he said a lot of times it will s
. >>> also, john brennan is the father of the drone policy in the u.s. why his nomination could actually be the most important announcement of the day. >>> and later, i'll explain more about why the republican threats to breach the debt ceiling is very scary, it will be about life after default. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ [ indistinct shouting ] [ male announcer ] time and sales data. split-second stats. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ it's so close to the options floor... [ indistinct shouting, bell dinging ] ...you'll bust your brain box. ♪ all on thinkorswim from td ameritrade. ♪ >>> is the biggest national security threat facing the pentagon actually out of control spending? up next, why cutting the defense budget is job number one for the defense secretary, barney frank will be our next guest. >>> and later, the drama sounding the so-called trillion dollar coin. so, we all set? i've got two tickets to paradise! pack your bags, we'll leave tonight. uhh, it's next month, actually... eddie continues singing: to tickets to... paradiiiiiise! no four. remember? whoooa whooaa whooo! you k
. >>> and why he now supports the hagel nomination. >>> also, john brennan is the father of the drone policy in the u.s. why his nomination could actually be the most important announcement of the day. >>> and later, i'll explain more about why the republican threats to breach the debt ceiling is very scary, it will be about life after default. what are you doing? nothing. are you stealing our daughter's school supplies and taking them to work? no, i was just looking for my stapler and my... this thing. i save money by using fedex ground and buy my own supplies. that's a great idea. i'm going to go... we got clients in today. [ male announcer ] save on ground shipping at fedex office. fourneau. >>> is the biggest national security threat facing the pentagon actually out of control spending? up next, why cutting the defense budget is job number one for the defense secretary, barney frank will be our next guest. >>> and later, the drama sounding the so-called trillion dollar coin. ♪ ♪ ♪ we're lucky, it's not every day you find a companion as loyal as a subaru. love. it's what makes a sub
is the nomination of john brennan, the cia director. here's a guy who was pulled back from being nominated four years ago because of his alleged ties to torture and interrogation techniqu techniques. he was george bush's counterterrorism guy. it comes with a lot of baggage. as dave wood outlines, there are reasons for, and there are reasons why chuck hagel's potential fom nation is problematic for the white house. there's also when you sort of read the palace intrigue, read about the palace intrigue, get into the palace intrigue, there's this notion that president obama likes chuck hagel and that he is close to president obama. they've traveled overseas together. as maggie in some ways -- they're men without countries insofar as the president is a pragmatist and stokes the fires against the left and the right, though it's more of the right these days. they see one another in each other's reflections. that's a weird alice in wonderland setup that i did. this would be good for the president not just because of who chuck hagel is but also because of the interpersonal dynamics. >> there's a charact
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at this point. for the past four years john brennan has served as the president's top counterterrorism advisor at the white house. he will face questions about the administration's expanded drone assassination program. brennan has been the, at the forefront of that program. he was the first to come out in and publicly acknowledge it back in april of last year. brennan has been notably absent of any public discussions about benghazi for which he is likely to also face a degree of tough scrutiny. jenna? jenna: what, so that is for the head of the cia. these are big positions. let's move to the defense secretary as well. what can you tell us about the president's pick for defense secretary, the controversy down in d.c. surrounding potentially that choice? >> reporter: what has concerned both republicans and democrats, in terms of the choice of chuck hagel for defense secretary is essentially remarks that he made when he was in the senate about israel. in 2006 he gave an interview tomorrow toer middle east envoy aaron david miller. hagel said the following. >> the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of
national security team yesterday. nominating chuck hagel to be secretary of defense and john brennan to be the next director of the c.i.a. the critics are already out with their sharp swords. they intend to do to chuck hagel what they were able to do to susan rice but it's not going to work this time because the white house is fighting back. they're already doing so. we've got to join that fight. we'll talk about that and a whole lot more. first, we get the latest, today's current news update, here she is, lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi lisa. >> hey bill. welcome back. as bill mentioned obama's new appointments to his national security team are drawing some criticism from capitol hill. first off former senator chuck hagel who the president officially chose yesterday as his defense secretary. obama called him an american patriot and the leader our troops deserve. if confirmed hagel will be the first vietnam vet and the first enlisted soldier to become secretary of defense. republicans are criticizing the former senator for not having enough support for israel and not taking a ha
'm not going to confirm john brennan or anyone else until the administration shares information with the congress about who deleted references to al-qaeda three weeks before the election. i think it was purposefully done and i want to know who did it before we move forward. >> you're committed to holding the nomination up? >> yeah. i don't want to. but i'm not going to let the administration get away from having to be held accountable. the state department, you will hear from hillary clinton. who did change the talking points and take al-qaeda out? what did the president do in seven hours? they are making two movies about the strong leadership and the bin laden raid. this administration leaked every detail about the bin laden raid so the world would know how strong their own national security. when you have a major debacle like benghazi you can't get basic information four months later. i don't think they are pursuing offenders aggressively, frankly. they are stonewalling the congress. john brennanbe nor anyone else should be concerned as the acting director of the c.i.a. until
are asking serious questions about him and we'll talk about accountability. looking at john brennan. and what it means for him to head the cia. the man who came out of the bush administration, identified with they call it enhanced interrogation techniques. one might call it torture. drone attacks. these are the serious issues that have to be looked at diversity and always. >> i think you raise a good point. which seats women are in. there are three seats with women as treasury secretary, defense secretary and veterans' affairs and back to that photo, the fiscal cliff conversation that where women are sitting, the first woman ever appointed, was the labor secretary. we have a good history of women in the labor position. what about treasury secretary and defense? what difference does this make? so where they sit really matters. >> one thing this issue brings up so -- the idea of these kind of disingenuous attacks from republicans on this. which has been interesting to me because i tweeted out the photo of "the times" photo. i had the good fortune of coming up in the world of lefty media that i
. >> the significance of john brennan of being nominated to be head of the cia, when president obama was about to do that the first time, there was an outcry. at the time, he withdrew from consideration for the same job amidst protests over his role at the cia under george w. bush, publicly supported the cia's policies of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, which others call torture, and extraordinary rendition. what has changed except we have moved from a republican president, george bush, to a democratic president? >> little or anything has changed. one of the most depressing things about this nomination, old simile we should not be surprised. so many areas obama as fully embraced the bush policies that he's so serious the criticized. and the nomination of brennan, the head of the cia, is sort of an insult or adds insult to injury. the original injury was obama's statement or policy that he would not investigate seriously allegations of criminality, for torture of high level -- >> his colleagues. >> his colleagues, even predecessors. and now to nominate the head of the agency, the person
heritage tells us john brennan's road may be a little bumpy. let's begin with wendall goler. >> good evening. president obama is nominating the former republican senator to be secretary of defense and 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. to head the agency. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect the country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> but hagel's selection grew more criticism and the choice of john brennan threatened to raise questions about water boarding that he didn't want to answer when he was considered four years ago. had a ha ge8, obama said would be an outspoken advocate for severs men and women. and his business experience will help him prioritize pentagon spending cuts that everyone knows is coming. >> even though we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely guided by a our stlaj and keep the military the strongest fighting force. >> reporter: but it drew immediate fire. it was a 14-year-old comment about a diplomat being aggressively gay which hagel has apologized and his opposition in iraq and troop surge and independent
went before the cameras this week -- defense secretary nominee chuck hagel, c.i.a. choice john brennan. and today, hamid karzai, the president of afghanistan both he and the president were talking about the end of america's longest war. >> every day more afghans are stepping up and taking responsibility for their own security, and as they do, our troops will come home. and next year this long war will come to a responsible end. >> once the transition to afghan forces is completed, once the bulk of these international forces have withdrawn from afghanistan, we hope that the dividends of that transition economically to afghanistan will be beneficial to the afghan people and will not have adverse effects on afghan economy and the prosperity that we have gained in the past many years. gwen: taken together, what do the president's personnel choices tell us how he will deal with the challenges facing him in places like afghanistan? alexis? >> one of the things that i was thinking about when we heard these nominations and saw these -- and i'm including john kerry in this, too, for secretary o
democrats on capitol hill to get the votes he need? >>> enhanced interrogation. john brennan the president's pick to run the cia could face a lot of questions over his role in shaping counterterror policies during the bush administration and, frankly, with the drone wars of the obama years. >>> and then politics loses one of its best biographers, well, ever. saying good-bye to richard ben kramer, a man who knew what it takes better than anybody. >>> good morning from washington. it's tuesday, january 8th, 2013. this is "daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. my first reads of the morning. chuck hagel's nomination has set up a tough, new political fight for the white house. a fight president obama signaled he's ready to have over the plain spoken vietnam veteran. >> willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular. even if it defied the conventional wisdom. that's exactly the spirit i want on my national security team. >> under fire for his past statements about israel and iran. hagel is now speaking out. told his hometown newspaper "lincoln journal star." the distersions about my record h
-- confirming vote or a vote to deny the confirmation of john kerry, you know, chuck hagel, john brennan, jack lew? >> well, fortunately, i'm going to be in a position where i'm on the armed services committee, and the foreign relations committee, so i'll get a chance to question both senators kerry and hagel, and i look forward to hearing them answer some of the tough questions that have been raised. that's what the confirmation process is about. >> do you have concerns about chuck hagel from what you know so far? >> you know, i think senator hagel deserves all of our admiration for his service in vietnam, for his service to the country as a senator from nebraska, and he would be the only enlisted man who has ever served in the military to become secretary of defense if he gets confirmed, but i do have some serious questions for him about how he would implement the amendment that i just put into the defense authorization bill to make sure that women in the military who are victims of rape or incest are able to access reproductive health services and get the same coverage that other women thro
the recent record on diversity is embarrassing as hell. first, questions were asked when john brennan first worked at the c.i.a. ♪ ♪ hi dad. many years from now, when the subaru is theirs... hey. you missed a spot. ...i'll look back on this day and laugh. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. >> bret: in international news, five suspected militants were killed in what is believed to have been another military drone strike in pakistan. the seventh such attack in two weeks. today's started the main town in the north waziristan tribal area. strikes likebe that one are not popular in pakistan or at home with many on the left. the president nominee to head the c.i.a. is the architect of the drone policy. tonight, chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge tells us john brennan facing questions how questions were asked under his watch. >> with 25 years at the agency, john brennan's career overlaps with the c.i.a. interrogation program under president bush, which included the waterboarding of self-described khalid sheikh mohammed. the american civil libertys union said despite rai
the defense department. >> at the cia the president wants his chief counterterrorism adviser john brennan to be in charge. both must be confirmed by the senate where the former senator faces intense criticism. bill plante is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning and good morning in the west. the president praised hagel as a vietnam vet who bears the scars of his war wounds the first enlisted soldier to head the department of defense, it was a clear effort to convince skeptical republicans and democrats in the senate that hagel is the right man for the job. >> he understands that sending young americans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, that's something we only do when it's absolutely necessary. >> reporter: praising hagel's independence, mr. obama seems to challenge his opponents in the senate. >> in the senate i came to admire his courage and his judgment, his willingness to speak his mind even if it wasn't popular. >> mr. president, i'm grateful for this opportunity to serve our country again, and especially its men and women in unif
at the defense department and counterterrorism adviser john brennan to run the c.i.a. good evening. i'm gwen ifill. >> woodruff: and i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight, we have more on the nominations and the vigorous debate about the president's picks. >> ifill: then margaret warner has the latest on an $8.5 billion settlement against ten major banks over foreclosure abuses. >> woodruff: ray suarez breaks down a new report detailing health care spending since the passing of the affordable care act. >> ifill: and we continue our series of conversations with newly elected members of congress. tonight: texas republican senator ted cruz, a vocal opponent of the eleventh-hour fiscal cliff deal. >> i would have voted against it because i think it was a lousy deal. it wasn't a serious response to the grave fiscal and economic problems facing this country. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance a
, and john brennan for director of the central intelligence agency. now, chuck hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. he is an american patriot, he enlisted in the army and volunteered for vietnam. as a young private and then a sergeant, he served with honor alongside his own brother. when chuck was hit by schrapnel, his brother saved him. when his brother was injured by a mine, chuck risked his life to pull him to safety. to this day chuck bears the scars and the schrapnel from battles fought in our name. and chuck's leadership of our military will be historic. he'd he be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretaries who have been wounded in war, and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. i saw during our visits together in afghanistan and iraq, chuck hagel, our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength. they see one of their own. chuck's a champion of our troops and our veterans, and our military families. as a leader of the va, he fought to give our veterans the benefits they deserved. as head of the
and republicans here with concerns about hagel. john brennan, protests by aclu and others on that nomination. protests outside the white house questioning whether john brennan spoke out loudly enough against controversial interrogation tactics. that's why brennan dropped out last time he was considered to head the cia. this time, he's courting both sides. >> although i consider myself neither a republican nor a democrat, i very much look forward to working closely with those on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: but brennan's confirmation may not be as tough as chuck hagel's for secretary of defense. >> president, i'll give you my honest and most informed consens consensus. >> reporter: he has backed cuts at the pentagon. >> as a successful businessman, he also knows as we have tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely. >> reporter: republicans and democrats are concerned hagel is soft on iran and too tough on our ally israel. >> he's had a record of distinguished service but he's profoundly wrong on a number of the most important national security issues that face our country today. >
brennan to run the cia. the two join last month's choice, massachusetts senator john kerry, to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. we're back with dan henninger, wall street journal foreign affairs breath stevens and matt comiskey joins the panel. and matt, we had leon panetta, bob carey and hillary clinton as secretary of state. and very different choices in mindset and stature than these three. what defines this new team. i think it's pretty much defined by a couple of things. much more dovish, should america be involved in the world beyond, how assertive should we be. chuck hagel throughout his career in the senate and afterwards. almost a viewpoint that we-- >> despite being a republican. >> absolutely, and i think that's what's misleading here in a way. he doesn't agree with the mainstream republican party, he's being put forward as a bipartisan sort of pick, but throughout his time in public office he says we cannot shape events overseas and we shouldn't get embroiled in the problems in the middle east or challenge russia or china on human rights or democracy and i th
announcing cia director will be john brennan today. that's coming out at 1:00. they clearly leaked that announcement to take the heat off the chuck hagel kerfuffle. in washington, no one's talking about it, though. they're talking about rg3. >> do you think it's going to happen for chuck hagel? >> yes, i do. it's going to be a spirited confirmation process, but i think it will happen. >> cnn newsroom with carol costello begins now. we'll see everyone else back here tomorrow morning. sorry. next time, charles. good morning, carol. >> good morning. thanks a lot. >>> here's what's happening in the newsroom. a war hero and washington politics. former senator chuck hagel may need the war survival skills as one-time allies rally against his pending nomination as defense secretary. >> my wife is a hero. she protected her kids. she did what she was supposed to do as a responsible, prepared gun owner. >>> a georgia man praising his wife after she fought back against an intruder. gun rights advocates say we told you so. >>> rg3 down and out. the redskins have replaced their franchise quarter
. >> john brennan for direct of the central intelligence agency. >> while i consider myself neither a republican or democrat democrat. >> brennan has a little bit of baggage to become c.i.a. >> i think the president likes the idea of an antagonistic nomination. >> he chose petraeus because he resigned in the wake of the sex scandal into well, as you saw chuck hagel former republican senator from nebraska, nominated to be secretary of defense today by the president himself. let's watch. >> obama: chuck hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. he is an an american patriot. he volunteered for the army and vietnam. he represents the bipartisanship that we need more of in washington. for his independence and commitment to consensus he has earned the respect of national security and military leaders republicans and democrats including me. in the senate i came to admire his courage and judgment, his willingness to speak his mind even if it wasn't popular. >> cenk: get a load of that. he is a republican, but the people opposed to him are republicans. of course. let's bring in michael s
counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> president obama said hagel, a republican, quote, represents a bipartisan tradition that we need more of in washington. but of course republicans on the hill are panning this pick. and some democrats as well have some concerns. critics charge that hagel's support of israel has been lacking, and that he has not been tough enough on iran. they point to his comments, once describing apac, the leading pro-israel lobby, as the jewish lobby. and also to his lack support for unilateral sanctions against iran. but here at the white house, they're pointing to his support for sanctions from the u.s. as well as its allies, together, forming sanctions against iran. this is something president obama referenced today in the east room. >> he understands that america stands strongest when we stand with allies. and with friends. as a successful
brennan nomination until he gets answers on benghazi and the attack in libya. what about john brennan's nomination? >> he has criticism from the left and the right. >> he has been depicted as picking and choosing the target. he has criticism from the right. whether he participated in the leak. the underwear bomber sent out to castigate those who question whether or not the underwear bomber should have been read the miranda rights. he serve served in the bush administration. they will about support for enhanced interrogation, lindsey graham from the right and variety of characters from the left. at the end of the day he will be confirmed. a lot of serious questions asked. is he a steady solid operator or the publicity hot dog he has been for the last couple of years in the position as counterterrorism director. he has been the principal source for a good movie. >> bret: the questions about leaks may come up in the nomination hearing as well. >> this is the second toughest one but it will get through. this is leverage to get the questions, the republicans want answered on benghazi. and
's nomination of chuck hagel as secretary f defense have many preparing for difficult hearings. john brennan, nominated for the cia is expected to have an easier time. susan mcginnis starts us off. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. yeah, hagel is the tougher sell here on capitol hill. one of the big criticisms is that he is soft on iran. and now we have iran's foreign ministry saying it's hopeful his appointment will improve relations between the two countries. that's probably not going to go over well here where lawmakers and the president are gearing up for a fight. president obama announced his picks for the next heads of the pentagon and the cia. now they need congressional approval before they can get to work. >> we need to get moving quickly on this. >> reporter: senator chuck hagel is nominee for secretary of defense. a former enlisted man and vietnam vet, the president says hagel can relate personallyto america's troops. >> to this day, chuck bears the scars and the shrapnel from battles he fought in our name. >> reporter: but winning confirmation won
hagel, former secretary of defense and john brennan for director of the central intelligence agency. >> woodruff: hagel is a vietnam veteran who would replace the retiring leon panetta. he would be the first defense secretary who saw combat as an enlisted soldier. >> in chuck hagel our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength. they see one of their own. chuck is the champion of our troops and our veterans and our military families. as the leader of the v.a., he fought to give our veterans the benefits they deserve. as head of the u.s.o., he devoted himself to caring for our troops. >> woodruff: the former senator from nebraska who left office in 2009 said he especially wants to serve those in uniform. >> these are people who give so much to this nation every day. with such dignity and selflessness. this is particularly important at a time as we complete our mission in afghanistan and support the troops and military families who have sacrificed so much over more than a decade of war. >> woodruff: but on sunday senate minority leader mitch mcconnell made clear h
in the front row in the east room when president obama nominated chuck hagel and john brennan. >> peter: for those of you wondering what jack lew's signature might look like on your flat money that's the signature of jack lew. it looks a lot like a squiggly line or maybe the auto pen went a little haywire when barack obama tried to sign some legislation. either way, stay tuned to the "full court press." big hour next hour. stay tuned. i'm peter ogborn sitting in with bill still taking your calls at 1-866-55-press. we'll be right back. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." you're getting a ton of shrimp and it tastes really good! [ male announcer ] hurry in to red lobster's 30 shrimp for just $11.99! choose any two of five savory shrimp selections like mango jalapeÑo shrimp and parmesan crunch shrimp. two delicious shrimp selections on one plate! all with salad and unlimited cheddar bay biscuits. 30 shrimp, just $11.99 for a limited time. wow, that's a lot of shrimp. i'm ryon stewart i'm the ultimate shrimp lover, and i sea food differently. [
been very reluctant to support tough sanctions. >> demonstrators protest against john brennan's role in shaping controversial interrogation techniques after 9/11. matsch husband masterpiece. >> dearest mary. now you tell me all of your wedding plans, and i'll see what i can do to improve them. >> the opening night. a huge success for pbs. nearly eight million fans watched the downtown abby third season premier. we have an exclusive look behind the scenes at the making of the hit series. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in new york today. white house is now gearing up for two big confirmation fights. the president's nominees for defense secretary and cia director. joining me now for our daily fix chris alis why, msnbc contributor and managing day editor and nbc's chuck todd, chief white house correspondent political director, and host of the daily rundown here on msnbc. chuck, from the white house perspective now, where do they think they their biggest fight? i know that they feel confident going forward that they're going to be able to win the day, but as you saw in our open, even
a block on the nomination of john brennan for cia director unless he, senator graham gets more and better answers on the administration's response to the benghazi attacks than he got before the election. this doesn't mean that john brennan is thought to be vulnerable on benghazi per se. really it reflects the fact that on capitol hill, john brennan is not a pop l.a. larr guy. i can't even repeat some the language that descended on my virgin ears when i called people on the hill today because they feel that he is aloof. he is arrogant. they called him some unprintable language. he makes obama look humble. talk about in private meetings. >> bill: it's a personality thing. >> it's a personality thing. >> bill: i don't care about the personality of the cia chief. i want him to be effective. >> bill: it's interesting that graham would say look i'm going to block this enemies you are more forth coming about the libyan thing as you point out brennan has nothing to do with it another thing in addition to gun control that president obama has on his agenda is immigration, cammeron. what is likely t
obama officially nominated john brennan to the director of the cia, succeeding retired general david petraeus, who resigned. nickname the assassination czar, brennan was the first obama administration official to publicly confirm drone attacks overseas and to defend their legality. four years ago, john brennan was rumored pick for the cia job when obama was first elected but was forced to withdraw from consideration amid protests over his role at the cia under the bush in ministration. obama also officially nominated chuck hagel to head defense and john kerry to become secretary of state on monday. joining us here in park city, utah, is jeremy scahill, national security correspondent for the nation magazine. he is featured in and co-wrote the new documentary, "dirty wars: the world is a battlefield." book with thest same title is due out in april. we're also joined by the director of the film, rick rowley, independent journalist with big noise films. the film premiered here at the sundance film festival in the u.s. documentary competition section. when we flew in a salt lake city las
. and as for john brennan, we're seeing the aclu and others speak out about that nomination. protests outside the white house questioning whether john brennan spoke out loudly enough against controversial interrogation tactics. that's why brennan dropped out last time he was considered to head the cia. this time, he's courting both sides. >> although i consider myself neither a republican nor a democrat, i very much look forward to working closely with those on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: but brennan's confirmation may not be as tough as chuck hagel's for secretary of defense. >> mr. president, i'll always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> reporter: he backed some cuts at the pentagon, an issue congress will deal with next month. >> as a successful businessman, he knows we have to make tough fiscal choices wisely. >> reporter: republicans and democrats are concerned hagel is soft on iran and too tough on israel. > >> he's had a record of distinguished service but he's wrong on a number of the national security issues that face our country today. >> reporter: hagel ins
the best in chuck hagel, john brennan, and senator kerry and that as the president looks to fill these other positions, finding the best is what will guide him. wolf? >> the president also has an important visit with the afghan president hamid karzai. what do they hope to accomplish? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. they will have a bilateral meeting. you can already see the flag of afghanistan flying over the blair house. that is where he will be staying while here in washington. we're told by white house aides that they will be talking about security, political and the economic transition. that, of course, is very key as the u.s. looks to 2014 to withdrawing from afghanistan. they will be talking about what the u.s. footprint will look like in afghanistan after 2014. they will have their bilateral meeting and also a working lunch and then a joint press conference, wolf. >> we'll be watching that. thanks very much, dan lothian. >>> all right. this just coming in to "the situation room." new photos of a retired fbi agent who's been missing since 2007. robert levin son's family re
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